Dancing Salsa

Ashima Saigal
May 20, 2018 · 2 min read

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Cali, Colombia, the place where salsa was born. Another dance that has its roots in African dance. While in Cali, I had two lesson for one hour each where each teacher showed me a different type of salsa, different steps you can take with your feet. However, typically, the dance is with a partner and the hombre will guide the steps. My second teacher choreographed something for us to dance. It was pretty awesome to finish a dance and record it in an hour. Both teachers told me I was good, but I still felt like I had to think about the moves and didn’t just do them. I know I’ll get there eventually, but it’s still too robotic in my mind.

I was also super luck because my friend, whom I was staying with, had his sister in town. She’s an amazing dancer, like REALLY AMAZING. She’s been dancing since she was 4 years old. Her mother told me that when she was little, she would give her a broom to clean the floor and come in a few minutes later to see her dancing with it instead of cleaning. It seems dance is in her blood. We got a chance to go to a club in Cali with my tour guide and I was able to dance with a couple different people. She was dancing with nearly every guy who could get her to dance with them (which was nearly every guy that asked). The next morning, we talked about her dancing and how she gained the skills. It really take commitment and passion to be such a great dancer.

The club we visited had live music. Drums, trumpets, saxophone, bass guitar, piano and singers/dancers made up this orchestra that came from Bogota. It was simply amazing to hear and feel the live music, to me, it makes me want to move my body all over. The opportunity to dance to live music is totally worth it, I recommend it for everyone.

Deep rhythm

Strong beats


moves the body

Rhythm grabs the hips

moving and swaying to the rhythm

while beat controls the legs

Sensual swaying hips

Arms framing the movement

allowing the eyes to follow

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